Combining Your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme Internship with Your Vacation

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Spring is here, the temperatures are getting higher and you’re already dreaming of your long-awaited vacation, right? No exams, no stress at school and finally getting a breath of fresh air abroad – what a feeling! So, how about combining your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme work placement with your vacation? This is a great way to enjoy your well-deserved summer break while also gaining new practical experience. Imagine travelling to an astonishing abroad destination and being able to relax from your stressful daily routine there while putting your theoretical know-how into practice. Let’s tell you in this piece why combining your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship with a vacation is a great idea.


Benefit from Your Summer Break

Every year all students can’t wait to welcome their summer vacation. It’s a time to take a break from exams, school projects and learning while enjoying your free days with long summer nights, cold drinks, and hot weather. That break should also be the time where you are able to just do nothing and sleep in without feeling guilty. However, we’d recommend that during those school-free months you do an Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship and gain professional experience. It doesn’t have to last your whole summer break. Even just one month of work will give your CV a boost.


See Your Dream Destination from Another Perspective

Perhaps you’ve dreamt of visiting a certain country as a tourist, but why not travel to that destination as an Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme intern? One the one hand there will be time to see all the sights, visit all those must-see spots on your to-do-list and you get to enjoy the tasty food there, and on the other hand your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme work placement will allow you to meet locals and see the country from their viewpoint. We’re convinced that your new friends at your new Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme destination will give you some insider tips and you’ll get to visit places you wouldn’t normally go to as a tourist while on vacation.


Your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme Mobility Funding Makes This All Possible

Have you ever wanted to travel to a unique country on vacation, but your financial situation doesn’t allow it? There’s the perfect solution! Visit your desired destination while doing your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship. Both mobilities are funded and can support interns financially. So, why not make use of this great opportunity to travel to your chosen place while acquiring new skills? Great idea, right? Read this definitive guide for more information about Erasmus+ funding applicants.


Establish new Relationships and Networking Contacts

We’ve already mentioned that connecting with locals is a great way to see your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme destination from their perspective and that has a lot of benefits. First, it helps you improve your language skills. From day one you will be accompanied by people living in the country of choice and their friends. Isn’t it a fantastic opportunity to establish new friendships while on vacation? Maybe they will visit you in your country or you’ll decide to go back to your Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme destination to see them again. Additionally, being surrounded by the locals, will increase the chance of connecting with important contacts and we mean people who could be your next employer, or business partner in the future, for example. No one knows what will happen tomorrow but use these opportunities and see it as a chance to expand your networking contacts.


Do you know why combining your vacation with an Erasmus+ or Turing Scheme internship seems like “a great idea”? Tell us in the comments below.

Don’t forget to get in touch with us if you need any information regarding both mobilities. We’ve created this Educator’s Handbook that includes all details about Erasmus+ Project Management and Execution for your use.